Summary: I agree with the other reviewer. Seems like a great price but it will cost you more in the long run. We have had 5 of these N8800's and we finally got fed up with the raid arrays continualy going into a crashed state.
Summary: These things replaced dedicated linux servers (also with 10Gb networking). Solved our data throughput issues immediately. We have 3x (w/ 8x2TB seagate constellations) installed in our small biz cluser with a 10Gb backbone, works great.
Pros: 10 Gb Networking, great capacity, great price. I/O scheduling crushes default linux server scheduling under load.
Cons: Internal build quality could be better -- some loose cabling, which makes hot-swaps of internal components (e.g. system fans) more delicate than it needs to be.
Summary: N/A - really one of your cons is "RAID10 requires four disks" do you even know what RAID10 is? Let me tell you its RAID0, which requires at least 2 disks to do the stripe, plus RAID1 which is a mirror of your RAID0 set, so at a bare minimum you need 4 disks to do RAID10.
Pros: For starters, do your research. One of the best low end/smb caliber devices on the market, yes there are limitations but go buy EMC or NetApp if you need enterprise features like volume expansion (it does have RAID migration so you can create a new RAID and migrate your data to the new one).
Cons: Not an "enterprise" product, but great for the costs.
Summary: Comments about Thecus Technology Corp. N8800 Network Storage Server: I use these all the time as NAS storage for media servers. Easy to setup. Hitachi 5K3000's and 7K3000's work great on this.
Pros: Durable, Fast Connectivity, Reliable, Versatile
Cons: In addition, this thing has some really weird setups for the disks that it uses for a RAID array. You have three choices, ZFS, EXT3 or some other I cannot remember, and you can only pick one for each volume. If you use ZFS, the volume "cannot be expanded", meaning they have a subpar implementatio...
Summary: Newegg, as usual, was the star player here and accepted the return. I lost $100 on overnight shipping, but I guess ya gotta pay to play. The thing got great reviews in a Tom's Hardware Guide NAS storage shootout. Those guys are usually pretty good, but I'd be careful about this unit.
Pros: Dual power supplies and NICs, comes with mounting rails. UI written in flash, it's relatively painless.
Cons: I was overwhelmingly disappointed in this product for server room use. Particularly fatal is the fact that it can only create five iSCSI targets for each RAID volume. RAID10 requires four disks, and if you add a disk to a RAID volume, it adds the entire disk. Well, there are only eight disk slots...
Summary: I upgraded the CPU and the RAM which dramatically improved performance. I am running RAID5, but do not know what will happen if I lose a drive in the n8800. Will it rebuild and keep running like it should? I am not anxious to find out.
Pros: Latest firmware is pretty decent. It supports my 2TB drives. I get around 95-115 MB/s upload and download using SMB shares. I do not use the ISCSI feature. It is nice to have 8 x 2TB drives striped together for this kind of price. Bang for the buck is awesome... will see if the reliability holds...
Cons: The unit was "twitchy and flakey" until this latest firmware. Now it seems to be solid. I could not use the n8800 until now because it just was not reliable. It has sat on my shelf for about 6 months while waiting for good firmware.
Summary: This might be fine for a home system, but stay away from them for production use.
Pros: Cheap, when it works it works.
Cons: We just tried to upgrade the system from the 2.0 firmware to 3.00.08c. The Thecus website gave no warnings on this upgrade. We installed the firmware, the system came back up. After going through the screens we found the RAID configuration screen would not respond. When we asked Thecus about the ...
Summary: I have owned a Thecus 4100, 5200, and now the 8800, over the course of 4 years, so I'm not saying this w/o experience - DO NOT BUY this product. Thecus's tech support is non-existant, their answer to problems is "we don't recommend you use that", to the point of saying you should only use...
Pros: Seemed like a good idea at the time.
Cons: Zero tech support, I would not recommend a Thecus product to *anyone* at this point.